Robin Good Syndicaat

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In which Robin Good graciously shows Vance Stevens how to NEWSMASTER using http://www.syndicaat.com. A recording was made in Camtasia but audio was distorted, so Vance made this slide show taken from screen shots at critical junctures

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Robin Good Syndicaat

  1. 1. Robin Good explains http:// www.mysyndicaat.com To Vance Stevens on June 3, 2007 Camtasia voice recording corrupted but GoToMyPC screen shots preserved from which these slides were made
  2. 2. We start at http:// www.mysyndicaat.com
  3. 3. Robin logs in …
  4. 4. We’ll create a new Feedbot
  5. 5. We give it a name and click on Feed Properties: Edit
  6. 6. We need to set some advanced features first
  7. 7. The advanced features sub-window opens …
  8. 8. Robin says it works best with 4-word titles (in his experience with this program)
  9. 9. He also enabled digests (for Newsmastering at a later stage)
  10. 10. Click Next to move on …
  11. 11. We’re about to add a subscription to our feedbot but first we need to find a feed
  12. 12. We conduct a Technorati search at http://www.technorati.com . This is an advanced search feature now in Technorati.
  13. 13. We have some results and click on View all to expand the list
  14. 14. Here we find the feed link and copy it to the clipboard
  15. 15. The feed link is pasted in the URL address and there is an option to Test it
  16. 16. Here’s the result of the test, so we can see it works fine.
  17. 17. Click OK to proceed …
  18. 18. The subscription is listed as one of the feeds in our current feedbot
  19. 19. We’ll add a second subscription now
  20. 20. We’re ready to subscribe to a new feed but we need to find one first
  21. 21. We try a news feed from Yahoo
  22. 22. There are no results but there could be hits here later. So we copy the feed URL to use it in our feedbot.
  23. 23. The new feed is pasted to the URL Address, and we click OK.
  24. 24. We see here that the second feed has been added
  25. 25. We search http://del.icio.us/tag/wiaoc and find that the page has an RSS feed
  26. 26. With the feed link in the clipboard, we create a third feed subscription
  27. 27. The feed is added. We click OK.
  28. 28. As in the other cases, the feed appears as a subscription in our feedbot.
  29. 29. Robin suggests we try http://www.digg.com/ But there are no results in this case  We didn’t take the time to add it but would have normally
  30. 30. Robin shows me how we can add feeds from blogs where we think the tag might appear – here we have selected http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and right clicked on its feed.
  31. 31. We prepare to add this to our list of feeds
  32. 32. Only in this case, we’re going to filter the output for only the search term we wish to aggregate.
  33. 33. We select Filter Posts, and then Edit …
  34. 34. We enter the search term and decide to search only in the past two months. According to Robin, this is an absolute time, fixed on the date the filter was created.
  35. 35. We click OK twice to accept the filter and the update to our feedbot, and see that the subscription is again listed (as a filtered one).
  36. 36. Yet another possibility is to use http://blogsearch.google.com , and this in turn produces an RSS feed which can also be subscribed to.
  37. 37. It’s time to save our work
  38. 38. Having saved this, we can find it in our list of feedbots
  39. 39. We can also use content from a CMS, such as http://www.webheadsinaction.org
  40. 40. We can View Posts to see what the feedbot is has pulled in so far
  41. 41. The list of feeds harvested is already a long one
  42. 42. The Syndicaat output itself produces an XML (RSS) feed, whose URL can also be copied
  43. 43. This URL can be shared. You can subscribe to this feed in your bloglines or whichever aggregator you use.
  44. 44. There are more ways you can use this feed. We can find out about them if we re-visit the advanced features.
  45. 45. First we need to turn on the HTML Rendering Options, and click on How To
  46. 46. Here we see many ways how this feed can be embedded in a blog or web page.
  47. 47. and some further options …
  48. 48. Robin was particularly excited about the Newsmastering capabilities of this application. I was about to learn why we had enabled digests at the outset.
  49. 49. In the feed viewer, individual items can be selected to be included in the digest or not .
  50. 50. To publish the digest, you click on the button with the finger on it …
  51. 51. Then the Update Digest option appears.
  52. 52. You can refresh the subscription check here
  53. 53. Finally, Robin showed me how Newsmastering could be fine tuned by editing the way each digest selected would appear in the feed produced.
  54. 54. Edit the title for example …
  55. 55. … or the author name
  56. 56. Save … You can find out more about newsmastering by following this link .
  57. 57. When your changes don’t appear you should Refresh Viewer, where the finger is pointing.
  58. 58. And there it is!
  59. 59. And thank you Robin For an amazing keynote at http://www.webheadsinaction.org/wiaoc2007 and for taking the time to show us how to aggregate effectively

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